Best classical but unpopular books about LOVE!

If you are an old visitor of this blog, you very well know that books and relationships are recurring themes. So, I thought, for a new post, what better than combining these both?

This time I am not going to rewrite you a book and retell its story. This time I am going to write about a few books which are not very popular and mainstream, but are absolutely brilliant and classical. The main theme of all these books is the same – a love between two people and the entire struggle trying to reach the loved one. So, for your trial, a few books about the most amazing feeling in the world – love.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare is, unfortunately, best known for the bigger masses as an author of such love tragedies like Romeo and Juliet. Sadly, people, as well as young romantic souls just like you and me, sometimes tend to forget about other great plays William Shakespeare wrote, which were also about love and, fortunately, not end tragically! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the play which can be called as one of the fun stories about love. It is actually a comedy play, which makes all the reading even more pleasurable and relaxing.

The plot of this play is simply perfect – Shakespeare draws a picture of many different types of events happened around the marriage of Theseus, the real Duke of Athens, and his loved one – Hippolyta. The play is actually telling a story about these two lovers’ adventures along with other four young Athenian lovers, as well as six amateur actors, who are actually controlled by the fairies! It is really a fun and easy story loved by many theatre directors, and widely performed by many actors across the world. This is why I recommend you to read this play too, not only because it is one of the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, but also a great and easy love story, which will leave you smiling afterwards!

The Thorn Birds

This is a little bit sadder book about love. But that love is no simple love, but the tragic, forbidden love with just a simple flash of happiness. It is a book written by Australian author Colleen McCullough, and the title of the book is The Thorn Birds.

The book tells us the epic story of the one family, which was facing many difficulties through the time: from both World Wars, to nature disasters, Cleary’s family lives through all of it, by being strong both physically and psychologically. Although this is a story about one family, the main focus goes to the youngest child, which is also the only daughter of the family – Meggie. We follow her through the childhood and learn about the life together with her. We meet a young and surprisingly handsome priest called Ralph de Bricassart, which are actually true lifetime love of Meggie. This forbidden love blossoms and dies in a book for a several times, not letting to put the book away.  The Thorn Birds are the book which captures your attention and lets you to travel to far away land of Australia, become a family member of Cleary and lets you see to what life sometimes can grow into – only because of love and envy.

Dina’s Book

By the Norwegian author Herbjørg Wassmo, this book is really not mainstream and actually pretty hard to find. Since this is a not typical love story of two people as well, I recommend Dina’s Book because of other reasons. Well, yeah, love is important in this book as well, but mostly because it is irrational and kind of bad! Dina, who is the main character of this book, goes true life like a real wolf – without making any compromises with anyone, and just doing whatever she wants. Although, the cold and unpleasant deep North environment of nineteenth century, makes Dina almost the most important person there, she also makes many men to fall in love with her without even understanding how dangerous can that be. Demonic and wild Dina attracts men and makes them loose their minds. Until one day, weird and extraordinary man comes to the North and changes Dina forever.

This book is actually really strong and also very involving. You can’t put it away for a second, because Dina not only bewitches everyone she meets in the book, but also you as well! The good thing is, that despite the huge number of pages this book has, and short time needed to read that, this is one of the three books of trilogy written by Herbjørg Wassmo. So, you can be sure to meet amazing Dina again, and let her to spell you once more.

Where to Get All These Books?

The best way to get all these amazing books, is to shop online and get them delivered them from no matter where. Such rare book as Dina’s Book probably can’t be purchased from bookstores, so you should definitely use the benefits of online shopping. You can also save a great deal of money on it too, if you shop at websites which offer special discount for books. For instance, visit and search for the coupons for books at ChameleonJohn.com, which will help you to get those books easier and cheaper!

Enjoy your new found love stories now and share the best moments in the books with me!

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Spotlight for Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi


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RAM RAJYA. THE PERFECT LAND.BUT PERFECTION HAS A PRICE. HE PAID THAT PRICE.

Scion of Ikshvaku 

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Amish Tripathi 

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Blurb 
3400 BCE. INDIAAyodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.

Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?

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Nilanjana sighed. She wasn’t even sure if the child would be a boy. But she wouldn’t risk the merest flagging of her mistress’ spirits. She administered some herbal pain relievers to the queen and bided her time. Ideally, the doctor wanted the birth to take place before midday. The royal astrologer had warned her that if the child was born later, he would suffer great hardships throughout his life. On the other hand, if the child was born before the sun reached its zenith, he would be remembered as one of the greatest among men and would be celebrated for millennia.
Nilanjana cast a quick glance at the prahar lamp, which measured time in six-hour intervals. The sun had already risen and it was the third hour of the second prahar. In another three hours it would be midday. Nilanjana had decided to wait till a half hour before noon and, if the baby was still not born,
she would go ahead with the surgery.
 Kaushalya was stricken with another bout of dilatory pain. She pursed her lips together and began chanting in her mind the name she had chosen for her child. This gave her strength for it wasn’t an ordinary name. The name she had picked was that of the sixth Vishnu.
 ‘Vishnu’ was a title given to the greatest of leaders who were remembered as the Propagators of Good. The sixth man to have achieved this title was Lord Parshu Ram. That is how he was remembered by the common folk. Parshu means axe, and the word had been added to the name of the sixth Vishnu because the mighty battle axe had been his favourite weapon. His birth name was Ram. That was the name that reverberated in Kaushalya’s mind.
Ram… Ram… Ram… Ram…
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About Amish Tripathi

Amish is an IIM (Kolkata)educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti and son, Neel.

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The Activist and The Capitalist : Novella Review

the activist and the capitalistBased in Chennai and penned by Vibha Batra, The Activist And The Capitalist is the story of two passionate people pitted against each other because of their contrary passions and how they fall in love with each other, thus inviting troubles from all corners.

Jai, the heir of VPK constructions company wanted to prove himself to the world and stand on his own feet. He was given the charge for Vasant Vihar project by his grand-father although there were other seniors capable of handling it. Thus, Jai was all the more involved and leaving no stone unturned in making the project a big success.

Anusha was passionate about conserving the heritage sites and worked with an NGO associated with it. She was the crusader of campaigns, the activist who staged protests and dharnas against the capitalists who wanted to ‘demolish’ the heritage sites. Thus, she loathed VPK constructions company and had already filed a petition for a stay order on the takeover and reconstruction.

During one of the many such protests, she bumps into Jai who instantly recognizes her. They had met before, a long time ago, albeit only for a few minutes while they were bored and intoxicated at a social do. Both had felt something for each-other then and it seemed that the sparks still flew.

While they were professional rivals, the more time they spent off the public eye, the more attracted both seemed to get to each other. Although they never discussed the Vasant Vihar project, it always was a bone of contention between them. They tried to avoid the topic as much as possible, but somehow it always managed to crop up and create differences between them.

The real trouble started when Anusha doubted Jai of lying, corrupting officials and simply using her for information. And when the question wasn’t just about their professional liaisons anymore but also of trust, their relationship was at stake.

Do they manage to get back to each other? Or was Jai really willing to go to any lengths to save the project? Did Anusha’s doubts have any base to them or were they deliberately implanted? Read on to find the answers to above questions!

Vibha Batra is an ace writer with a quirky sense of humor. She has weaved magic with words which not only leaves you engrossed in the story but the characters feel so real that they stay with you long after you are done reading it.

The protagonists get a full cinematic entry (read the book to know what I mean.) complete with description of the entourage and surroundings and slowly revealing them into the limelight.  The lead pair are well cast too, he – rich, sauve, witty, funny, well-traveled, well-read and strong yet soft, down to earth with a heart that isn’t cold. She – passionate, loving, caring, intelligent and strong-headed yet vulnerable with a heart that isn’t cold but has been made into one. No wonder they say that opposites attract. And just like lead pair of many movies these days, they are always at loggerheads with each other and are always quarreling or debating. Kudos to the writer for bringing in a lot of wordplay too leaving the reader chuckling every now and then.

There are many other characters other than the protagonists who get a decent ‘screen time’ too. Like, Dolly Aunty who runs the NGO where Anusha works, her colleagues, his scheming friends Saurabh and Devyani and last but not the least, his grand-father, the Senior Khanna in a ‘guest appearance.’

Another of the many pluses of the book is that along with humor and romance, Vibha enlightens and compels the readers to ponder over: Is it right to demolish old buildings in the name of renovation and luxury?
And are all builders just looking to cash in on the realty boom? Or some of them are still out there with noble intentions for whom money isn’t the only compelling factor for constructions?

Overall, The Activist and The Capitalist is a lovely, breezy and fun-filled read.

Connect with the author here : Vibha Batra 

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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HiFi in Bollywood : Novel Review

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Rishi Vohra made a brilliant debut with Once Upon the Tracks Of Mumbai, story of an autistic guy finding himself and helping others in the mad world of Mumbai. HiFi in Bollywood, yet again based in Mumbai, is a story surrounding Bollywood and a guy’s aspirations about making it big in it.

Rayhan Arora was the son of an autocratic father, Romesh Arora, who believed in taking all life decisions of his children because he always ‘wished good for his children.’ Habituated of being in command and obeyed, he sent Rayhan to Berkeley, US, for higher studies and a better life. He also fixed an alliance with his NRI friend’s daughter without even consulting Rayhan once.

Rayhan had enough of it and was not going to succumb to his father’s orders all his life. Although he had forcibly studied Finance, which wasn’t his cup of tea, he always harbored the dream of returning to India and making it big in Bollywood. Unfortunately, his father loathed the ‘inconsistent’ industry and was strictly against it. The NRI girl, Vanita’s ready consent for the alliance made it all the more worse for Rayhan.

He had no other option but to lie to his father and Vanita and run away to Mumbai to pursue his dream. And he does so with the help of his contacts both in Berkeley and in Mumbai. The same contacts also help him land the job of Assistant Director in one of the country’s biggest directors’ upcoming movie starring a budding star Jahaan Khan and a super-successful actress Tarini.

Rest of the story is all about the roller-coaster ride of Rayhan in Bollywood in particular and Mumbai in general, his tryst with destiny about hiding the fact from his father and Romesh’s friends, his encounters with the local goons, politicians and police officials and finally his tryst with love.

Once again, Bombay/Mumbai is vividly described in his writings. The lifestyles and the way people talk and behave in different parts of the city is something to marvel about. And how different parts of the city has transformed differently with people of different cultures and lifestyles residing in different parts of the city and giving you a feel that you’ve actually come to a different city while you have just traveled a few kilometers within the Mumbai city.

The writing is simple and lucid egging the reader to continue reading. The characters are so nicely crafted that they are instantly likable. While the story revolves around Rayhan, the ‘supporting’ cast is well developed as well. Be it his friend Dave to homosexual cousin Jay to Romesh and his friends to Saajan, the ace director, to tantrum-throwing Jahaan Khan to sincere Tarini to Rayhan’s womanizer-friend Romil to Peterbhai, the local goon to his maid Laxmibai and her daughter Mangala to her lover Anil Dhamle.

The tone of the novel is light and monotonous and some scenes are really hilarious making the reader laugh. It would have been better if the love-angle of Rayhan was given more depth and if the protagonists spent some more time together. While the remaining novel moved on in a patient and unhurried pace, it felt as if the whole love chapter had been rushed through.

Also, the book gives a vivid glimpse of the inner working of the movie-world that is cherished by almost everyone in the country. From the number of people involved in taking a single shot to the starry tantrums to ego-tussles to stress and hardship faced by junior artists and beginners and how hard the ‘spot boys’ work helping everyone on the sets.

The novel, as expected, has a happy ending with a cliched and expected twist bringing in the climax.

Makes up for a nice read.

Connect with the author here : Rishi Vohra

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She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not : Novella Review

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What happens when you finally achieve something (or someone) that you’ve cherished, coveted, openly desired and prayed for all your life? What do you do when you’re still not happy after getting that very person?

Zoella, a 20-something girl, was head-over-heels in love with her best-friend, Swaba’s elder brother Fardeen. While Zoella and Swaba have been friends since kindergarten and she has been in love with Fardeen since she was 10, she had not confessed her love. Although it wasn’t really necessary for the rest of the world, Fardeen was totally oblivious to her feelings and ignored it mistaking it to be a mere crush or puppy-love.

Fardeen was to get married to Neha, the sophisticated, petite, charming, beautiful and urbane girl that made Zoella feel inferior, short, fat and nice. And ‘nice’ in other words meant ‘boring.’ Zoella knew that Fardeen was never going to even look at her when he had Neha in his life and so she didn’t even try to express her love or win over Fardeen.

Zoella also came from a strict middle-class background and her family barely made ends meet after the demise of her father. She was a burden for her single mother who always favored her son. Her sister-in-law was equally tyrannical and her life was made hell by the trio. Yet Zoella was that martyr who still loved her family immensely and always sacrificed for their happiness.

Call it tragedy, irony, karma or destiny, Fardeen met with a terrible accident that left his face disfigured. A ‘marriage of convenience’ happened and Fardeen and Zoella ended up getting married.

While Zoella was readily accepted by his family, Fardeen always made her life difficult and never acknowledged her as he always thought that she was sympathizing with him. While Zoella thought that Fadeen was still in love with Neha and that he would never accept her in his life.

Rest of the story is about both discovering other’s love for them and how they overcome the boundaries and walls that they had build because of some things said and situations occurred.

A homely, traditional, well-mannered, romantic, loving yet modern, witty and sarcastic female protagonist is common in Zeenat’s writings. From Chandni or C in Haveli to Shahira in The Contract to Zoella in He loves Me She Loves Me Not.
Her writings are in sync with today’s times in most of Pakistanis (and Indian) middle-class families where girls have to sacrifice so much and are under house-arrest most of the times. Zeenat has a flair of creating extra-ordinary heroines out of ordinary families and stories.
The inner turnmoil of Zoella of being unwanted and unloved by her own family to not being loved by the one she immensely loved to getting married to her love and get shattered by his arrogance is nicely described. As a reader, you get into the psyche of Zoella and feel the pain she feels in her journey through the words. And that, as a writer, is very hard to do and Zeenat has made it look so easy.
All other supporting characters are also nicely created and make the setting feel more real.
The novella is filled with humor and tragedy. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you sad and it will make you happy and most important of all, it will make you fall in love, with love, all over again.

Makes for a perfect valentine gift and an immensely enjoyable read.

Connect with the author here : Zeenat Mahal

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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In A Feeling Named Love : Novel Review

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D.Sathwik is yet another Indian author who is bitten by that urge to write a love story based on his own life. In A Feeling Named Love is the result of the same urge. Thankfully, he is not yet another Engineering student who had to pen down his love memoirs of college. Sathwik is a Law student and this love story of his starts in early teens.

Ritwik was just like any other normal 14 years old student, notorious and wary of studying. However he was socially motivated and so was in the good books of his teachers and he managed to get average marks in his exams and so his parents weren’t complaining either. His life was pretty much ordinary till he met Shrita.

Shrita was a rich father’s daughter who wasn’t spoilt nor was she arrogant. She was a simple girl with simple tastes. They became friends, turned to close friends, and before completing standard 10, the close friendship transformed into love and their love brought the two understanding and caring families together by the time they finished their high school.

The book is all about their journey from friendship to close friendship to love to their talking to their parents and making them understand and making them accept their relationship.

As you can infer, it is a puppy love story. They were in love by the time they were 14 and frequenting each other’s residences. They had understanding parents who didn’t object to their relationship provided it didn’t affect their studies and they concentrated on their careers first and then thought about settling down.

Coming from a new author, his writing is fairly good. Few grammatical errors here and there but they’re pardonable. Unlike the fashion these days, there are no cuss words or no OTT descriptions of physical attributes. Also, the children keep their romance confined to words and don’t get physical as they are moralistic kids.

Funnily, the novel is set in the year 2020 and the story moves forward in a long flashback. Except for the tragic climax, the novel is pretty much a feel good one revolving around 2 people and their concerned families.

It is not a literary masterpiece (childish writing) nor has a great story-line (puppy love story), some parts are really annoying and skip-worthy, some parts are too good to be true and some others are plain silly, but overall makes up for a nice read.

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28 Years A Bachelor : Novel Review

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28 Years A Bachelor, penned by Rasana Atreya, is a simple and a slightly funny tale set
around a small village called Lingampally in Andhra Pradesh. Although the cover indicates that it might be the story of a 28 year old woman who’s looking for a groom, quite contrary to that, the protagonist of the story happens to be a sensible man, Madhav, who lives in the city Hyderabad.

Madhav is well educated, has a job that pays well, lives with his parents, sister is happily married, owns a vehicle and a house, yet is unsatisfied with his life. He can cope with the hustle-bustle and stress of the city life, but he longs for the peace and serenity of the village life and longs to live with his grand-parents.

He is torn between his duty towards his parents – to provide them with a happy life in their old age and be their support – and his love for the peace of the village life.
There is Jaya, his sister, who is pregnant and has recently become a widow. While his parents say she ‘belongs’ to her parents-in-law and they have no say in her life anymore, he believes that it is better to bring her home and to rescue her from her tyrannical in-laws who want to disown her because she’s carrying a girl child.
Then there is Shyamala, the not-so-fair girl from the village, who has conquered his heart with her simplicity and selfless life.
And of course, there are his grand-parents who have been scheming to bring him to live in the village for ages now.

After enough contemplation (and manipulation by his grand-parents) one fine day, he quits his job and decides to move to the village and that’s when his relationship with his parents turns sour. While his father is relenting and understanding, it is his mother who is stubborn and doesn’t forgive him nor his grand-parents for apparently turning her only child against her.

The characters are very nicely etched and stress has been given on minute details and intricacies of the place where the story is set. For instance, in one scene, Shyamala looks down and is about to move away when Madhav enters the scene and says that people might think otherwise when Madhav asks for her hurried and sudden exit.

Although the protagonist of the novel is Madhav, there are various strong women characters surrounding him all through the story. His sister, Jaya, his mother, his love-interest and later wife, Shyamala and the strongest of them all, his grand-mother are some of those characters. The author has nicely and humorously portrayed how these strong women influence the lives of people around them.

Sometimes you do feel that the author is trying to introduce and explain all the Telugu customs, traditions and their way of celebrating various festivals through this novel. Otherwise, it is a clear picture of the present-day-India, where life is very different in cities and villages.
Rasana ruthlessly shows the plight of women even in modern and educated families and that more often than not, it is women only who are stubborn and want and give more preference to sons and ignore girls.

The novel shows the difference between the pace of life in city and a village. How the celebration of festivals, customs and traditions followed, environment, lifestyle, mindset, attitude etc., varies between cities and villages.

The novel makes you laugh, makes you cry, sometimes angers you, sometimes saddens you at the tragedy, sometimes just shows you the true and cruel picture of present day in most families. But most of all, it enlightens you and subtly provokes you to think rationally and question some customs and traditions that have long become obsolete and are past their expiry dates.

For someone who is interested in reading about different cultures, knowing about the true picture of life in most Hindu families today and who wants to know about village life, this is one of the better reads in the present times.

On the downside, it requires a little more proof-reading as there are a few, very few, typing errors and the novel is really long.

Overall, worth reading.

Connect with the author : Rasana Atreya 

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The Archers Revenge : Novel Review

The Archers Revenge is a self-published novel by Rajesh Kollu, a professional blogger from Chennai, who blogs at Destination Infinity.

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Guru, a powerful and cunning minister, gets 3 people killed from Renewable Energy Department when he is not assigned the portfolio. The official report says cardiac arrest as the cause of death and while everybody is silent because of the influence of the minister, it is pretty obvious that there is something fishy.

Aryan, whose father was one of the three dead, gets an anonymous call and he instantly begins his personal investigations and realizes that it wasn’t a natural death, but murder. And he pledges revenge. But there was no way he could take on the powerful minister who always moved amidst tight security. That’s when he decides that he will use bow and arrows to get his revenge instead of using sophisticated weapons.

After waiting for a long time and meticulous planning, he finds a chance to kill Guru, who was at Tirupati for darshan and had minimum security around him while returning. Everything was going according to his plan and he was about to shoot the arrow at Guru’s heart when another arrow stings Guru at his shoulder. Aryan is shocked and realizes that there is another person who wants Guru dead. It is Divya, whose father was also among the three dead, and wanted revenge.

So, they join hands to take on the powerful Guru and plot various schemes to kill him. The twist at the end is very filmy, but justice prevails.

The writing is lucid and easy to read. The characters of Aryan and Divya are also wonderfully set up but they seem to be lacking chemistry. The sparks just don’t fly between them. The cat and mouse game between Police and this duo is nice and action filled. Although there are instances which are illogical or too stupid and obvious, I reckon the author is under the influence of Southern movies. 😛

Makes up for a short and nice read.

Connect with the author here : Destination Infinity

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A Second Spring : Novel Review

a second springA Second Spring…brings new hope is the debut work of Sandhya Jane, who has been associated with the corporate world for about two decades, working for leading investment banks across continents.

Avantika, lovingly called Avi, is a single mom and a workaholic who’s often referred to as Monster boss by her sub-ordinates. She is successful, intelligent, witty, ferocious, passionate about work and a control freak. She socializes only for work and post that, rushes home to be with her young son.

She takes Rohan, a new employee with the bank she works in, under her wing as she sees potential in him and wants to give him a chance. Rohan is exact opposite of her and isn’t as passionate about work. He is careless, likes to enjoy life and take it easy instead of being absorbed in work all the time. Although Avi is irritated with his erratic behavior in the beginning, she doesn’t torment him because he manages to meet his deadlines and finish his work in time.

They spend a lot of time together at work, planning and preparing presentations, meeting new and prospective clients, finishing business and having fun. Slowly Rohan manages to tear down the facade of aloofness that Avantika carried around herself to ‘protect’ herself from pain and gets closer to her. Eventually they fall in love.

One fine day, Rohan vanishes from her life, leaving a note that his marriage was fixed by his parents and he couldn’t rebel against them. She immediately moves to States as she is surrounded by the memories of her love in Mumbai and she needed to get away. She finds solace in spiritualism and meditation. Eventually Rohan comes back to her.

What happened to Rohan’s marriage? Doesn’t Avantika find anybody in States? Does she forgive and accept Rohan back in her life? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.

The characterization is perfect and matters of love and life are ably dealt with in the novel. Control-freak facade and that aloofness to keep people away, so as to protect oneself against the pain experienced in the past and not wanting to going through it again. But that soft and caring demeanor and vulnerability beneath the facade that allows anyone who’s a little persistent to get closer and gives them the power to hurt.
About how it is in most middle-class families in India where people still don’t rebel against their parents’ choices and sacrifice their love when it comes to duty.
About how destiny plays a major role in who you end up with and if something is meant to be, it happens anyway, now or eventually.

Both know that what they are getting into is trouble and their struggles to stay away in the beginning are nicely portrayed. And how eventually love overcomes their resistance and brings them together only to be fallen apart by the curse of destiny.
How they get closer and how wrecked their lives become when they are drifted apart and how difficult it gets to cope up with the break up is also nicely portrayed.

How most loveless marriages turn out to be after a few years is also aptly shown and while many continue to stay in it for the sake of society and children, more and more people are getting divorced today in modern India.

The writing is good but the author and the editor need to rework on the novel as it is filled with loads and loads of printing and grammatical errors.

Overall, makes up for a good read.

Connect with the author here : Sandhya Jane

P.S : A mail from the author says that having lived in America for over a decade, she has written the book in American English which is very different from Indian English. And after re-checking with her editor she confirms that there are no grammatical errors in the book according to the American English.

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My first live surgical experience!

If there is one thing I can not stand and hate being around, then that has got to be the hospitals. No, I have nothing against doctors or hospitals in particular, I just can’t stand that nauseating smell that emanates from spirit, medicines and equipment. Also, I just can’t stand the sight of surgical equipment such as razor, scissors, knives etc., as I feel giddy as I instantly begin to visualize how they would be used and that mental-picture makes me overcome with dizziness.

Also, I’m a person who is very weak at heart. I can’t stand the sight of sobbing relatives, injured patients, patients waiting to be operated upon, people overcoming with sadness at the exorbitant costs of operation and/or their ability to meet those expenses. All these things make me feel that hospitals are a wretched place to be in.

Now, I know that hospitals do a lot of good, treating and curing patients and giving them a new lease of life. I also know that Doctors are the only people we would look upon, when we are in need. I am not being irrational in my hatred towards hospitals, it is just because of my being a weakling.

Now imagine my horror, when I was told that I was supposed to witness a live surgery! Not only will I have to endure the sight of the surgical instruments – that make me feel giddy only at the sight of them – but also be present when the doctors use them to operate a patient in the Operation Theater!
Yeah, I gasped and even the thought of witnessing a surgery was shit scary and beat the living daylights out of me.
Well, eventually, I had to attend and am glad to say, I was able to witness it without fainting! 😛
What helped me was that I did witness the surgery, but from the glass in the door of the operation theater. I could see everything, unfortunately, but at least, I was out of the room and that gave me solace and strength that I could run anytime if the sight was unbearable.

I witnessed a bilateral knee replacement surgery. Doctors and medical people, pardon my terminology, as I would be using layman terms to explain the surgery.

So, the patient was given local anesthesia and both his legs, from thighs to ankle, were wrapped by two layers of white tape to reduce the blood flow. Then, they tore off the tape covering the knee area and spread a yellow-colored knee drape across both the knees. And the doctor took a knife (gasp!) and cut a straight line right in the middle of the knee as if it were a rubber ball. (It actually resembled one.) And, casually, with his two hands, pulled at the two sides of the ball  knee, tearing it further and revealing the tissues inside. Horror!

Yesterday, I actually thought that I wouldn’t last long and I would faint at the first use of the knife. But, I somehow managed to stand-still. This was the most horrible part, the cutting, post that, it was manageable. Although, I am sure I lasted this long just because I was standing outside the O.T. If I were inside, the experience today would have been completely different.

Post that, the doctor used shaver blades, drill machines, hammers and nails and what not to clear the tissues until the white bone inside was clearly visible. Post that, using various equipment, he cut the upper part of the knee-bone that was affected and replaced it by an artificial implant which was attached to the bone with the help of cement. Later, they stitched the tear with the help of a needle and a thread.

So, yes, that was my first surgery that I witnessed live. Hopefully, the next time I have to go, I will muster enough courage in my heart to go inside the operation theater! And not faint! 😀

Moral : God has a really funny way of making us do the very things that we hate fervently and wish that we never have to do them!

Hats off to all those doctors, surgeons, assistants and hospital staff who endure this on a daily basis. And hats off to all the medical students aspiring to become one of these.

P.S : To those who want to know what I actually witnessed, check-out this video.. (at your own risk!) (graphic)

(This video is that of the surgery performed in a foreign location. So, there are many differences in the instruments used, but the overall procedure of the surgery is same in India as well.)

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